Just a few days left to make your booking for the IFSA & NIFSA Joint Autumn Gathering, at Clandeboye Estate, near Bangor, Co Down, on Saturday 6th October!
IFSA Members is €45, including lunch.
Non-Members is €70, which includes lunch and membership up to May 2019
Information about the programme and workshops can be found here. Further details will issue once you have booked.
In a slight change this year, you can book and pay directly through this link: https://
Any queries regarding membership can be directed to Mirjam at membership@
The main objective of the work is to facilitate a review process that will support the Irish Forest School Association (IFSA) committee to draw together an agreed vision and mission statement.
It is envisaged that this process will provide the committee with a supported reflective space to facilitate these practical outcomes as the organisation moves into the next important phase of its development. This will also include a final agreed report including clear agreed decisions and any actions/tasks that emerge.
Timescale, budget and reporting requirements:
August 7th Time: 10.30 – 2.30pm.
Kilkenny County Childcare Committee, Kilkenny Education Centre, Kilkenny.
The successful applicant will need to produce a report to be completed and submitted to the chairperson by 24th Aug. The budget for this will be no more than €300 inclusive of Vat. Experience of facilitating similar processes is required and an affinity with IFSA’s principles would be advantageous.
See the Irish Forest School Association Website:
Proposals by email to Joan Whelan, Chairperson by Fri July 13th. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Download as a PDF. Irish Forest School Association July 2018
Thanks to everyone who came along to our conference and AGM on 21/22 April 2018.
It seems like the occasion was very fruitful and much enjoyed by everyone who was there. We will consider all of the feedback and the outcome from the conversation cafe at our meeting in June and post the outcome on the website for you all, along with the minutes of the AGM, insurance updates, photos and resources.
Keep an eye on the Facebook page and the website and do get in touch if we can be of any help; We also we encourage you all to join our closed Facebook forum page.
And remember to save the date: IFSA Autumn Gathering: A Joint Gathering with NIFSA , in Clandyboye Estate, outside Belfast, Saturday 6th October 2018.
We are in the early stages of putting together a map of active Forest Schools practitioners in Ireland. We are keen to put together a comprehensive listing of active Forest Schools in Ireland. We plan to display this information on our website and social media for members, which will be a resource for anyone who is searching for a forest school to become involved with, or to send their children to.
Over time we hope to have this represented visually as a map on our website. Click on this link to complete the form. Completing this form implies consent for your details to be considered for inclusion in this listing. Only current Irish Forest School Association Members will be included. If you have any queries on this matter please contact email@example.com.
Annual conference and AGM 2018
The theme is Storytelling and Forest School and we are delighted to welcome Chris Holland, Lucy O Hagan, Sally O Donnell, Laura Kennedy,Whole Land and Wondering Wild and our hosts in Galway, Carol Barrett and Kerry Walker as well as some other familiar faces. A detailed programme will shortly be up on our website.
Membership for 2018/19 also falls due in May. We would encourage all members to become part of our Facebook group and to keep an eye on the website and the Facebook page for news!
The feedback from the conversation cafe question ‘What can IFSA do to support you in your forest school journey?’ has thrown out several main themes. These include: Insurance, Land Access, Garda Vetting, Awareness Raising & FS Practitioner Visability, Professionalism, Training, Networking & Practitioner Supports, Website and associated resource development, and Advocacy/Interagency Working.
More details can be found here.
IFSA AGM MINUTES 21/5/17
1. Chairperson’s report
2. Financial report
3. Feedback from Conversation Cafe
4. Election of new committee
5. Evaluation and close of meeting
1.Chairperson’s report – Joan
Joan opened by noting that the IFSA wanted to be an ethically sound and transparent organisation. Our mission is twofold: For the IFSA to be the ‘go to place’ for both the public and the forest school community in Ireland to learn about Forest School and secondly to promote quality Forest School in Ireland.
The gathering at Sli na Bande was mentioned as 1 year ago, from this meeting, emerged the acorn group and association name. Ciara and Jenny acknowledged and thanked for the steps they made to get the IFSA started. In Castlecomer in October 2016, we agreed to a model of Forest School going forward based on the six principles adopted by the FSA in the UK.
Thanks given to Ranelagh multi-denominational School, The Irish National Heritage Park, Kilkenny City and County Childcare Committee and to Castlecomer Discovery Park for sponsoring our meetings and events this year.
Acknowledgements given to Claire, Majella, Maura, Sally and Veronica for their contribution to the committee over the year. .
The IFSA has had meetings with Brian Poots, NIFSA, Gareth Davies, FSA and Isabell Smyth, The Heritage Council. The Heritage Council have given grant funding to the association. Their support gratefully acknowledged.
Joan has been talking to Kidd insurance and the association hopes to develop a relationship with them and other insurers. Garda vetting was mentioned.
We envisage the structure of the IFSA as a company limited by guarantee with charitable status. IFSA has opened a bank account.
Thanks were given to Roisin O Flaherty for her design of logo and her very reasonable costing. Website, social media, facebook were all set up and will be a priority for further development over the next year.
The committee has developed policies on social media and financial practice.
The IFSA will aim to have two main meetings a year, one for CPD sharing in October and the annual open conference in May.
IFSA is developing a relationship with Leave No Trace Ireland.
Joan mentioned our disappointment that The Compass Club closed.
Issues regarding access to public land and county council park is in progress. We look forward to developing our relationship with Coillte, The Tree Council and local authorities and private landowners over the coming years.
Joan has presented to the DCU outdoor learning group and attended the RDS – STEM education conference in November 2016 on behalf of the IFSA.
2. Financial Report – Caroline
€451 starting point for the IFSA bank account. Caroline acknowledged contributions and noted that the balance was €4784: however, conference expenses will be taken out of this. The development of the website and social media platforms will be a substantial cost in the coming year.
3. Feedback from conversation café – Mirjam
Mirjam said that she would be in contact by email regarding feedback from conversation café. Joan thanked Mirjam for all her hard work emailing, administration and organizing for the conference. All agreed.
The committee will be looking at the benefits of IFSA membership, why it is of value and to increase numbers. Feedback on the website was also encouraged.
4. Election of new committee
Committee put themselves forward again and Joan as chairperson was agreed. She asked for 2 more people for committee positions.
Nicola Salmon put her name forward for committee and was seconded by Gretta.
Sally O’Donnell put herself forward for committee and was seconded by Orla.
Joan reminding all to fill in evaluation forms and asked that members give any further feedback be email.
6. Close of meeting
IFSA would be looking to the West/ NorthWest for possibility next CPD meeting. Ciara thanked Joan for all her hard work.
Meeting closed at 12.30pm